GIS Publications Committee

The GIS Publications committee and Datapages, under the leadership of the Elected Editor and Geoscience Director, solicit and evaluate proposals for publications, recommend standards for format and quality, and ensure quality and rigor through peer review.

  1. Improve quality of GIS publications by soliciting many proposals and increasing selectivity from among these.
  2. Manage expectations for acquiring and publishing GIS material. Develop and implement standards for quality and for technical review.
  3. Create a global network of GIS committee members and collaborators from industry, academia, and geological surveys.
  4. Partner with the print-focused Publications Committee to produce joint print and GIS projects whenever practical.
  5. Contribute to the management of consortium funds by providing two AAPG GIS Committee representatives to sit on the OSU-AAPG Consortium Advisory Board; high-grade Datapages and GIS Publications Committee project funding proposals and liaise with the OSU consortium cartography department to ensure production of high quality and timely results.
James McDonald James McDonald Chair 2014-2017 Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Michael L. Sweet Michael L. Sweet Executive Committee Liaison 2013-2016 ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
Ronald L. Hart Ronald L. Hart Staff Liaison 2013-2016 AAPG
Daniel Scott Beaty MEMBER 2006-2018 Citation Oil and Gas Corp.
James Sophocles Cokinos MEMBER 2007-2016 CGG
Bret John Fossum MEMBER 2006-2018 ConocoPhillips
Jingyao Gong MEMBER 2006-2018 (IHS)
Scott Jean Hills MEMBER 2009-2018 Chevron
Shuhab Khan MEMBER 2015-2018 University of Houston
Kevin C. King MEMBER 2009-2018
Samuel H. Limerick MEMBER 2006-2018
Domenico Lodola MEMBER 2009-2018 Sterling Energy Plc
Andrea M. Loveland MEMBER 2013-2016 Wyoming State Geological Survey
Gayle H. McColloch, Jr. MEMBER 2008-2017 West Virginia Geol. Survey
Oliver Nicholas Morris MEMBER 2009-2018 Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd
Ian Norton MEMBER 2009-2018 Univ. of Texas Inst. for Geophysics
Joseph Andrew Ontko, Jr. MEMBER 2009-2018 Consultant
Karl Steven Osvald MEMBER 2014-2017 U.S. Dept. Interior/Bureau of Land Mgmt.
Scott Allen Tiller MEMBER 2013-2016
Peter Wigley MEMBER 2009-2018
Gareth Williams MEMBER 2013-2016 Lynx Information Systems

Historical Information

GIS Open Files

The AAPG, under the direction and guidance of the GIS Publications Committee and AAPG Datapages, is building a GIS / spatial library comprised of peer-reviewed Global Framework, Geothematic and Geographic themed projects. The project files are free to the public and can be downloaded from this GIS Open Files page. Other project files are available through the subscription-basedGIS-UDRIL program within AAPG Datapages.

The GIS Publications Committee consists of AAPG member geoscientists who utilize and promote the application of GIS technology and methodologies in petroleum and environmental geosciences. You can learn more about the committee's mission and find out how to volunteer to become a committee member or reviewer here. Industry professional, academic and student authors are encouraged to submit GIS publication proposals for consideration. If you are interested in publishing a GIS project with the AAPG, please click here for information regarding author resources, publications standards and funding options.


The Geological Society of America’s Geologic Map of North America shows the geology of a significantly large area of the Earth, centered on North and Central America and including the submarine geology of parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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Courtesy of Dr. David Rajmon for allowing his Global Impact Crater GIS project to be posted as a GIS Open file. 

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Courtesy of Peter Wawick and the USGS for allowing the Geologic Assessment of Coal in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain, U.S.A., to be posted as a GIS Open file.  This  is the fifth in a series of reports by the U.S. Geological Survey on the assessment of the quantity and quality of the nation’s coal deposits that potentially can be mined during the next few decades.

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Courtesy of Dr. A. W. (Bert) Bally for allowing the Tectonic Map of the World, 2007, to be posted as a GIS Open file.

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AAPG Datapages and the GIS Publications Committee wish to thank Robertson (a CGG Company) for allowing the Robertson Tellus Sedimentary Basins of the World Map to be posted on Datapages' GIS Open Files page, thereby making it available to the public as a free download. We believe that this map has merit and will be an excellent resource for geologists to have a better understanding of global sedimentology and tectonics. Each identified basin contains the following attributes: Name, Area, Description, Group, Country, and Hierarchical sort code. 

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